APRIL 2015 ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA The Stanton Lions Club hosted a celebration of the American Flag at Cerritos Elementary School in Anaheim. Lions Milt Blumenthal and John Doogan presented a 3x5 inch commemorative flags to the students, and presented the Principal Dr. Jerry Friedman with a 5x8 foot for the remodeled school's flag pole. PTA President Debbie Murray was also on hand at the ceremony.
Blumenthal and Doogan are both US Military veterans who served in World War II and the Vietnam War respectively. They had an opportunity to speak about that the flag stands for, why it was important for them, and about their service in the military. Both men have been active in the Stanton Lions Club which has been sponsoring events to teach people about the flag. Stanton Lion President Barbara Dotson explained that "[F]lag day is a great event that the Lions have been participating in for since 1978. A lot of the kids just say the pledge everyday and may not take the time to think about what the American Flag represents."
Cerritos Elementary School has almost 500 students and is located on Cerritos Avenue right next to the Stanton Little League fields. The school serves the mostly immigrant populations of Anaheim Stanton and Cypress. A large portion of the student are learning English as a Second Language. The school is the highest ranked schools in the Savanna School District. (link) It recently celebrated fifty years of service to students in the community; and has recently been remodeled. Students are supported by a very active Parent Teacher Organization (link).
For more information about the Stanton Lions Club, please see stantonlions.org